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Valentine's Day Dinner-In Pt 5: Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers


  • 4 large bell peppers, halved and seeds removed

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked according to package instructions

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or your choice)

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)

  • Salsa or sour cream for serving (optional)


1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. Prepare the Bell Peppers:

  • Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, removing the seeds and membranes. Lightly brush the outside of the peppers with olive oil and place them in a baking dish.

3. Cook Quinoa:

  • Rinse the quinoa under cold water, then cook it according to the package instructions. Once cooked, fluff it with a fork and set it aside.

4. Prepare the Filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, chopped red onion, minced garlic, ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Mix everything well.

5. Stuff the Peppers:

  • Stuff each bell pepper half with the quinoa and vegetable mixture, pressing it down gently. The filling should be heaped.

6. Bake:

  • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the peppers are tender.

7. Optional Cheese Topping:

  • If you like, remove the foil during the last 10 minutes of baking and sprinkle some additional cheese on top of each stuffed pepper. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

8. Garnish and Serve:

  • Remove the stuffed bell peppers from the oven. Garnish with fresh cilantro or parsley if desired.

  • Serve the Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers with salsa or sour cream on the side if you like.

9. Enjoy:

  • Enjoy these flavorful and satisfying Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Peppers as a wholesome main course.

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